Energy Use Data for North Carolina Home
We have collected data for a typical year for this house in Durham, North Carolina. This home has been HERS tested and rated "EnergyStar."
This customer is on a bill-leveling program through their utility. The monthly electric bill for this house is fixed at $35 per month ($420 per year). The house also has a back-up in-floor radiant system (for long cloudy stretches or unusually cold weather) that uses Natural Gas. In January, they paid $80 to their utility, as well as $72 in February.
Solar hot water panels are used for domestic hot water.The total energy cost for this home was $572 for the last year. According to US DOE (http://hes.lbl.gov/consumer
), this is a savings of just over $1000 per year (over a comparable home near zip code 27713) at current utility rates.
The "mechanical" area of the home contains the solar hot water storage tank, back-up tank, and plumbing for the radiant floor back-up hear. The South wall of the home and the Sunspace are essentially the heating system.
For information on tax credits available to North Carolina customers for residential solar thermal systems, please consult the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy.
To find a contractor, please consult the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.
For resources to help in making a decision about installing solar energy systems, use the solar estimator at FindSolar.com
The best source of unbiased energy outlook information is EIA’s Short Term Energy Outlook.